Today’s Headlines

  • … as the U.S. DOT chief kicks off a campaign to get more women involved in transport careers (Prog. RR’ing)
  • House GOP’s earmark moratorium could affect Minnesota’s transport projects over the long term (MinnPost)
  • High-speed rail advocates focus on a possible L.A.-Vegas-Phoenix link (Phoenix Biz Jrnl)
  • Chicago transit agencies spending nearly $1m per year on lobbying state government (Trib Blogs)
  • D.C. Metro transit officials warn that even with their $150m annual aid from Congress, they will be forced to limit capital spending to critical maintenance (DC Biz Jrnl)
  • Tampa navigates the tricky path of sustaining local support for new light rail (Creative Loafing)


Oberstar Stays Optimistic About New Transport Bill in 2010

House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) today renewed his call for action on a new federal infrastructure bill before year’s end, using a hearing on the Obama administration’s stimulus law to urge passage of long-term legislation as well as a second round of short-term investment in roads, bridges, and rail. House transport committee chairman […]

Senate Climate Bill Leaks: The Good News and Bad News for Transport

The Senate’s climate change legislation will finally make its debut tomorrow, courtesy of environment committee chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and foreign relations committee chairman John Kerry (D-MA). But the Washington Post has already obtained a "close-to-final" version of the bill [PDF], which provides some details but leaves unanswered the key question of how much aid […]

Portland’s Transport Research Guru Headed to Obama Administration

The U.S. DOT is expected to announce today that it has tapped Robert Bertini, a Portland State University professor who headed Oregon’s state-wide transport research effort, as the No. 2 at the Research and Innovative Technology Administration — the government’s home for stats on all things transportation. Robert Bertini (Photo: Oregonian) Bertini’s hiring is an […]